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April 24, 2014

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School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!

School Library Month in Chicago: Yes, a celebration!

Like the situation we witnessed in Philadelphia, the children of Chicago, ALA’s host city, now face a crisis. I post this on behalf of a new Library Advocacy Committee for Chicago Public School Librarians, who chose to celebrate School Library Month by sharing their accomplishments on behalf of Chicago’s kids. Please share their story. School [...]

’16 Things I Thought Were True’ | Sourcebooks Giveaway

16 Things I Thought Were True

Ready for the road trip of a lifetime? Fifteen lucky winners will join Morgan, Adam, and a hyper chatterbox named Amy as they take off for the border in search of Morgan’s absentee father in 16 Things I Thought Were True from double Rita finalist and YA novelist Janet Gurtler.

Follow a scholar?

Follow a scholar?

Because we subscribe to ActiveHistory, we get active updates from site publisher and history teacher, Russel Tarr (@activehistory). A little while back, Russel shared his list of professional Historians on Twitter. The caused me to think about PLN building in an expanded way. As educators, many of us follow other educators, and perhaps, the journals [...]

Teen Read Week Twitter Chat Highlights

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Teen Read Week (TRW) kicked off with a lively Twitter chat among supporters of teen literacy and leisure reading on October 15. SLJ, Blink, Goodreads, Merit Press, Soho Teen, and AASL participated in the hour-long virtual conversation, highlighting ways librarians can help celebrate teen reading. The following are some of the tweets that resonated with SLJ editors.

California Kids Get Social Media ‘Eraser’—But It Might not Work

California Kids Get Social Media ‘Eraser’—But It Might Not Work

California minors now have the legal right to erase their social media posts, a positive step toward giving them greater control over their online identities—or is it? Online content, after all, is not so easily erasable, according to Gary Price, editor of Library Journal’s INFOdocket.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

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YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis

I love searching Twitter. And I love sharing how a Twitter search can dramatically impact student research, by connecting them with experts, encouraging them to develop current awareness, allowing them to listen in on the dialog of a particular field or niche, and, in some cases, enabling them to contribute to the conversation. Learning to [...]

Picture Book About Islam Ignites Twitter Battle

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Children’s book author and former teacher Kate Messner has always had a passion for sharing books with kids, so when she recommended Hena Khan’s Golden Domes and Silver Lanternsto her Twitter followers for its portrayal of Islam, she did not expect the backlash she received. A few days after the original message, someone who does not follow her on Twitter replied with the below, continuing an intense multiday exchange with her about what he believes to be “the real Islam.”

NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow @NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

YMA Medalists Applegate, Klassen Say Librarians Are Marketing Mavens

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As School Library Journal caught up with Newbery and Caldecott Medalists Katherine Applegate and Jon Klassen this week, a common theme emerged in our talks. In what surely comes as no surprise to SLJ’s readers, both authors credited the library community for helping to champion their books to a wide circle of readers.

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest

Melissa Techman has great ideas. So School Library Journal asked the K-5 librarian at Broadus Wood Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA, to guest curate a board of “cheap and cheerful” ideas on Pinterest.

Librarians Use Social Networking Professionally More than Teachers and Principals, According to Report

Librarians Use Social Networking Professionally More than Teachers and Principals, According to Report

A recent report conducted by MMS Education reveals that librarians use social networking more than other educators.

Stephen King Surprises Canadian Students with pre-Halloween School Visit

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Stephen King stunned students at the Sussex Regional High School (SRHS) in New Brunswick, Canada, by paying a surprise visit to the school library, a week and a half before Halloween. The famous horror writer discussed his own evolution as a writer, his writing habits, and shared tips with the students for how to improve their writing.

One million tweet map

Mommy, where do tweets come from?
Now, there’s an easy answer thanks to the one million tweet map.
Though this Mashable video ends with a Justin Bieber question, the map can be a media literacy tool, powerful for analyzing trends, how and where information flows, and perhaps, where and why it does not.
It may also be useful [...]

SLJ Summit 2012 | Tweet Chat Provokes Insight into the Future of Libraries

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Where are libraries heading in the future? English teachers, librarians, and other educators voiced their opinions on issues ranging from technology to budget concerns in a Twitter chat hosted by Pam Moran and Ira Socol, “unkeynote” speakers at SLJ’s upcoming Leadership Summit.

Educational Twitter Hashtags, the infographic (updated)

Compiled By: OnlineCollegeCourses.com
So many of the teachers and teacher librarians I know continue as unconverted.  They don’t yet see the value of Twitter as a tool for learning and keeping up.  Beyond the walls of their own schools, they have yet to build a PLN.
This new infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.com offers quick visual reference to the [...]

Taking it to Twitter: Librarians Debate the Demise of Dewey

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Is the Dewey Decimal System making it too difficult for young users to find what they’re looking for? At a virtual Twitter gathering Thursday October 11, librarians from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, who have re-organized their library with a new system that they call Metis, responded to questions about Dewey’s flaws, its relevance in today’s world, and the best ways to encourage library usage among patrons.

Most Popular Posts Via Twitter

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These were our top stories of the week on our Twitter feed. Dewey, no surprise, heads the list. Our October cover story has generated deep discussion and the conversation continues on a Twitter chat on Thursday, October 11.

KidLitCon 2012: The Changing Relationship Between Reader and Writer

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Alyssa Sheinmel, Adele Griffin, and other young adult authors came together September 29 at the sixth annual KidLitCon in New York City to discuss social media, the obligations authors have to their fans, and the challenges of interacting with an audience.

KidLitCon 2012: Critical Reviewing in the Age of Twitter

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Facebook, Twitter, and blogs have made authors and book reviewers more visible—but have they also suppressed genuine literary criticism? Several book bloggers gathered at the New York Public Library September 29 for a KidLitCon 2012 panel discussion entitled “How Nice is Too Nice?: Critical Book Reviewing in the Age of Twitter” to explore the impact of social media on the book industry.